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Pain in The Eye: Causes

Pain in the eye can be caused by infections such as stye. A stye(sty) is an infection which results in a lump along the edge of the eyelid. Painful eyes can result in a great deal of discomfort for children and adults.

Eye pain can be caused by disease, as well as physical trauma. Pinkeye (conjunctivitis), eyelid inflammation, chemical burns and corneal ulcerations can all cause eye pain. Chemical burns that penetrate below the cornea can lead to cataracts and glaucoma.

Stye Eye-Image via Wikipedia

Eye pain is sometimes experienced by persons suffering from a sinus infection or glaucoma. With glaucoma, the increase in pressure in the eye causes the pain. With a sinus infection, inflammation in the sinuses which are located behind the eyes may result in painful eyes.

Eye pain can also be experienced as a result of direct trauma to the eye during a car accident, work related injury, fighting among children, or other situations in which the eye receives a blow from a foreign object.

Eye pain is experienced as a dull throbbing or a stabbing feeling in the eye. Persons also report a gritty feeling in the eye when they are suffering from eye pain.

Ocular Eye Pain 

Pain that is felt in the outer part of the eye is known as ocular pain. This is the type of pain that is experienced when a person is suffering from conjunctivitis or an eye ulcer.

Orbital Eye Pain 

Eye pain that is felt within the eye or behind the eye is known as orbital pain. This type of eye pain is caused by trauma to the eye, glaucoma and migraines. Cutting fried foods, caffeine and other migraine triggers from your diet can help to relieve eye pain if your eye pain is brought about by migraines.

See an Ophthalmologist

An ophthalmologist would be able to determine the exact cause of your eye pain. If you are experiencing problems with your vision, or having intense pain in the eye, you should see your doctor or ophthalmologist, or visit the emergency room of a hospital near to you as quickly as possible.

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  1. very good information, eye pain is really unbearable.

  2. Eye pain can be really aggravating Star. Cool cucumber slices help sometimes.

  3. Yes, we need to watch our diet and boost our immunity – and not stare too long at the computer screen.. :D

  4. A very good share this one Sharifa cheers

  5. Point 3 taken, Buena.

  6. Cheers Matt ^-^

  7. I’ll sure take the advice here. Eyes are one of the most important senses for daily life.

  8. Sometimes, I wonder whether the incomplete cleaning of the cosmetic on the eye areas may cause sty.

  9. A very informative post. I like it when my eyes are at their best for that is when I write endlessly.

  10. Very useful info, thanks, Sharifa.

  11. They are Sharif.

  12. That’s a good suggestion Linda. Maybe.

  13. Lol, and then we read endlessly Jimmy.

  14. @ Melody
    ;-)

  15. A very informative share Sharifa! We should always be careful with our eyes for it is one of the most important senses we need in our lives. Thanks for sharing this!

  16. Good info about these eye problems.

  17. Nice info, Thanks

  18. They are Mtr.

  19. Thank you John.

  20. You’re welcome Sowmya.

  21. This is a valuable post for writers like us. Eyes are essential tools for what we do. Thanks for adding up to my knowledge.

  22. gud job

  23. It is essential Likha. Maybe visually impaired writers use software that transcribes for them.

  24. Hi Albert.

  25. right said SharifaMcFarlane

  26. Thank you Dr. Simran.

  27. Good points, Sharifa.

  28. Eyes are very essential for us. I haven’t realized then that I have to take good care of them until I become nearsighted. Eye pain is really intolerable. Thanks for the advice. :)

  29. Thanks Lew.

  30. Hi Cris,
    Prevention is better than cure.
    Eye pain can cause a lot of discomfort.

  31. This is really good. I used to get styes all of the time, but it stopped. A little while ago I got an ulcer on my cornea and it caused me to get styes again. The doctor told me to soak my eyes and then clean my eyelids and eyelashes with Johnsons baby shampoo. That does the trick. Thanks for letting us know about the causes of eye pain.

  32. Thanks for the advice C.A.

  33. Having a sty is one of those terrible things that can inflict the eye. So uncomfortable and painful too.

  34. Very ocular stuff here-many people suffer eye pain without knowing the cause-this article did all the informing required, thanks a bunch!

  35. Thanks for the eye-opening information!

  36. Very well researched, my friend. Eyes are essential, especially for us! And a comfortable position is important when you’re on a computer screen for several hours a day. Well done my dear friend, thank you!

  37. great article and great advise. I have had optic neuritis twice in the last year, very painful to move your eye and blurred vision but this is caused by an inflamed optic nerve because of MS.

  38. I experience eye pains every once in a while. This is helpful. Thank you.

  39. A good awareness and tips given here. Eyes are precious.

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